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Guitarist David Rhodes discusses working on Before the Dawn!

David Rhodes

David Rhodes, who played guitar on Kate’s Before the Dawn shows, has given a very detailed interview to the Super Deluxe Edition website about his experiences performing in the shows. Among other interesting pieces of information is the news that both Sat in Your Lap and The Big Sky were considered for the shows at one stage. This is the first we’ve heard that Kate had actually thought about including material written earlier than 1985’s Hounds of Love album.

David: “She was wanting to do Sat in Your Lap and then changed that for Top of the City. We never rehearsed Sat in your Lap. I learned it, but it never got as far as rehearsals…Never be Mine we rehearsed quite a lot, but only did it a couple of times.”

SDE: Why didn’t Never be Mine make it into the show, then?

David: I think Never Be Mine was just a bit too downbeat. And then the other thing we looked at briefly, what was it? The Big Sky, which we’d tried. We only tried it once with the whole band – once or twice – and it just sounded like a bit of a mess because she was thinking of that as the encore, maybe. I think both Bertie and I thought Cloudbusting would be better, so we pushed for that.”

As we now know, the upcoming live CD/LP sets reinstate the live version of Never Be Mine to the “band” section of Act 1. You can read the full text of this fascinating interview at Super Deluxe Edition here.

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  1. Mark

    Truly sad that sat in your lap was not played. (And yet joanni stayed?!) At least it shows that Kate doesn’t disown her pre hounds of love work (which some thought was the case.) the big sky also would have been better than Joanni.

  2. giulio

    Oh… ‘Sat In Your Lap’ would have been fantastic played live 😉
    It’s good to see that Kate actually considered songs from her
    pre-1985 to be part of the show. ‘Top Of The City’ was breathtaking
    though 🙂


    i like Joanni,,leave her alone

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